Las Cruces, New Mexico (Vocus) February 27, 2009
It’s not often that one gets the chance to own their own private wildlife preserve complete with houses and a natural lake in the Southwest. Just 40 minutes from an international airport and 20 minutes from Las Cruces, NM, claimed to be one of the most desirable places in America to settle.
The private preserve consists of 106 acres located within the western edge of the Rio Grande Flood plain known as the Mesilla Valley. Las Cruces is 12 miles to the North and El Paso city limits begin just 20 miles South.
The preserve includes 106 acres, two houses, several out buildings and large storage areas. There are two deep wells that supply the domestic needs plus a large irrigation well. In addition to the preserve, a 10 acre plot is set aside for farming complete with EBID irrigation rights. The La Mesa Lake Ranch is one of the only properties with abundant natural species of plants and animals located within the Rio Grande flood plain. The neighboring land, considered a very rich growing environment, surrounds the ranch and has been leveled for irrigated farming. Most of the neighboring land is either in development of subdivisions or producing crops.
The natural lake located in the middle of the property is home to many species of aquatic wildlife, birds and land animals. Range animals from the western mesa depend on the lake for cover, food and water. Migrating birds loaf and rest during the winter migration unmolested by humans and domestic predators. The source for the lake is believed to be from underground rivers, once a part of the Rio Grande River.
The Lake area is approximately 12 acres located in the center of the property. On the maps the Lake is called Mesa Lake or Lake La Mesa. The water level remains relatively steady throughout the years and is considered by hydrologists to be linked to the underground (springs) or an oxbow from the Rio Grande River. The entire ranch sits atop several layers of water aquifers known as the Mesilla Bosan and is well known in the area. The property is fenced and kept as natural as possible. Students from NMSU and UTEP often visit the property in the pursuit of aquatic research. Other nature organizations both government and private frequent the preserve as well. The Audubon and other bird watching organizations tour the property and are able to view species that are normally non-existent in other close by areas due to agricultural activities and recent suburban development.
Gary Beeson, the owner expressed bittersweet feelings about letting the property go. “I’ve owned this preserve for almost 30 years. It’s time to pass the keys to another caretaker. It’s up to us to teach our youth how to take care of our natural resources, especially scarce ones, like this property.” To obtain more information about the preserve visit http://www.viewlab.com
The website includes downloadable historical information describing the history of the property and the surrounding vicinity dating back to the 16th century.
The property is expected to sell for 3.6 Million US Dollars.
For more information contact Gary Beeson or visit http://www.viewlab.com